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Widening Participation to Postgraduate Education: Access after the White Paper

16th Feb 2012 - Royal Institute of British Architects, Portland Place, London, UK.

The Open University and The University of York  research seminar Widening Participation to Postgraduate Education: Access after the White Paper.

At a time when the consequences of seismic change to the English undergraduate higher education sector are relatively unknown, careful consideration needs to be given to potential effects on postgraduate education.

This timely one day seminar:

• presented important and innovative research in widening access to and participation in UK postgraduate study;

• identified implications of current research and knowledge.

Research  presented encouraged debate around the following themes:
• Widening access to postgraduate education for UK students, including institutional and mission group differences;
• The case for widening access to postgraduate study: social justice or economic imperative?
• Transitions to postgraduate higher education.

Research presented:

Wage Inequality and Postgraduate Education - Steve Machin (University College London) and Joanne Lindley (University of Surrey) present findings from the London School of Economics' Centre for Economic Performance and ESRC funded research investigating increases in postgraduate education and the implications for inequality.

Transitions to postgraduate study - Penny Jane-Burke (Roehampton University and Institute of Education, University of London) presents findings from a large research project on different forms of transition to Masters level study including for students from groups traditionally under-represented in higher education.

Full details of all presentations can be found at the website:

Accessing STEM: Supporting transition and study for disabled STEM undergraduates

17th Feb 2012 - Royal Holloway, University of London, UK

This one day conference looked at supporting the transition of disabled STEM students through life at University.

Presentations can be found at

At the heart of a heartless system, the new student experience?

23rd Feb 2012 - SRHE, Collier Street, London, UK

A one-day SEN seminar discussing partnerships, relationships and generations organised by the Society for Research into Higher Education.

Panel members included:

· Sarah Howls - Head of Widening Participation, Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)

· Debbie McVitty - Research and Policy Officer (Postgraduates), National Union of Students

· Dr Penelope Griffin - Policy Lead, Bridge Group and Head of Widening Participation at the University of Nottingham

· Dr Sharon Ding - Dean and Director of Studies, Faculty of Education and Language Studies, Open University

The powerpoint presentations for the above event can now be found on-line at

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What works? Student retention and success (UK)

28th-29th Mar 2012 - York University, York, UK

The Conference presented the outcomes from the three-year What Works? programme, including the key findings, the conceptual model and specific details and tools from the seven projects. It also showcased the best evidence-informed approaches to what works from across the UK HE sector and beyond through peer-reviewed papers. The conference was jointly organised by the Higher Education Academy and Action on Access as part of the ‘What Works? Student Retention and Success Programme’ initiated and funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

Presentations from the conference can be viewed via Policy Review TV at the following web link;

Some of the presentations from the conference are now available on the HEA website;

The 4th National Transition Conference (UK)

11th May 2012 - University College London, London, UK

Conference Theme:
The student experience is changing. With a financial and policy landscape that is still in evolution, practitioners and teachers in higher education and schools are adapting fast to an altered set of student expectations and institutional priorities.

Who was it for?
This conference was aimed at staff in higher education institutions, schools, colleges, local authorities and national networks that are involved in supporting learners in making educational transitions, in particular to higher education.

Topics: Peer Mentoring , Peer Assisted Learning , Induction, E-learning, E-induction, Academic Skills Workshops/Resource Development, Widening Participation and Transition, Teaching and Learning to support Transition , Pre-enrolment support and engagement.

Papers from the 2012 conference can be found at:

Internationalisation and Marketisation of the Undergraduate and Postgraduate Student Experience (UK)

15th Jun 2012 - SRHE, 73 Collier Street, London, UK

This seminar covered the tensions between marketisation and the postgraduate student experience, and the consequences and impact on the undergraduate student experience and the bridging between undergraduate and postgraduate education. Presentations can be accessed by clicking on


'When retention doesn’t work – Learning more about and supporting HE early-leavers (UK)

26th Jun 2012 - OU, Camden, London, UK

This workshop aims to provide the following:
• A better understanding of the real reasons why students become early-leavers
• Prevention of future withdrawal using lessons learnt from Back on Course
• How to reframe withdrawal in a positive way, with a focus on how Back on Course Advisers help early-leavers deal with uncertainty
• An understanding of the help needed to aid early-leavers to move forward towards a positive outcome – new career pathways/goals
• Provision of IAG at a distance – drawing on experiences of the IAG team, how the team operate and the proactive nature of contact with clients
• Exploring the role of and need for guidance when so much information is now on-line

The presentations and other outputs from the day are available on the HEA website at

Higher Education Academy (HEA) Annual Conference 2012, The University of Manchester (UK)

3rd-4th Jul 2012 - Manchester, UK

The title for the 8th Annual Conference of the Higher Education Academy is “Great Expectations – are you ready?”. Higher education is undergoing transformational change throughout the UK and although policies may be diverging amongst the four nations, the principle of students being central is shared. Their expectations of their course, institution and learning experience are rising. Staff and Institutions have their own aims and expectations too. There are three main strands: Student expectations and the learning experience; Supporting staff to deliver student learning experiences of a lifetime; Institutional adaptability. For further access to conference videos go to:

The Future of Widening Participation in Higher Education: Revisiting WP Policy and Practice in 2013 - An HEA Conference (UK)

13th Jul 2012 - University of West London, London, UK

This FREE one-day conference was jointly funded by the Higher Education Academy and the University of West London, and was  intended to appeal to an audience of Psychologists and Social Scientists (particularly Sociology and Education academics). The Widening Participation (WP) agenda remains a central issue for universities in the United Kingdom, at a time of  economic and political change and challenge. This event addressed pertinent issues with a combination of keynote  speakers and interactive workshops, to both re-cap existing research, address the present landscape and form practical  suggestions for continuing WP student support and initiatives into 2013. For access to presentations, visit:

Bricks, Bed & Higher Education: The Transformation of Student Accommodation in Britain (UK)

18th Oct 2012 - Central London, UK

The last thirty years have seen a remarkable transformation in student accommodation within the Higher Education sector. This has sharpened in the last decade with 'traditional' Halls of Residences being replaced by Accommodation Blocks and Student Villages, often built under Public-Private Partnerships.This SRHE SEN one-day event brings together architects, human geographers and HE academics to discuss what has happened, its wider implications, and its possible futures.
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The 32nd Annual Conference on The First-Year Experience (USA)

23rd-26th Feb 2013 - Orlando, Florida, USA

The 32nd Annual Conference on The First-Year Experience provides an ongoing forum where higher education professionals can share experiences, concerns, and accomplishments related to supporting student learning, development, and success in the first college year.

The Annual Conference on The First-Year Experience is designed to provide educators from every segment of higher education a comfortable, welcoming environment to share innovative ideas, programs, tools, and research critical to the learning, development, and success of first-year college students. The conference aims to promote a comprehensive and engaging community open to a diversity of ideas, in which all delegates are given the chance and resources to grow personally and professionally. The conference welcomes graduate and undergraduate students, encouraging them to deepen their knowledge of the academic communities of which they are a part.

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What can higher education contribute to improving social mobility in the UK? by the Higher Education Academy (UK)

26th-27th Mar 2013 - Macdonald Manchester Hotel, Manchester, UK

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Understanding the impact of prior learning experiences on new postgraduate taught (PGT) science, engineering and computing students’ expectations and attitudes towards PGT level study at Kingston University (UK)

14th May 2013 - Kingston University, London, UK

There has been a dramatic expansion in the postgraduate taught (PGT) student body in the UK in the past 10 years. Although there is an increasing body of literature looking at the postgraduate student experience, there is a lack of research and knowledge in understanding the impact of PGT students’ prior learning experiences on their postgraduate study, and their expectations of studying at PGT level. Research undertaken in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing provides valuable data and insight into this specific area of study that has been neglected both nationally and internationally.

The report can be accessed by clicking here

The Higher Education Expo 2013 (UK)

17th Oct 2013 - London, UK

The Higher Education Expo provided a unique opportunity for business leaders and managers in higher education institutions to discuss the latest initiatives and challenges as they work towards delivering greater choice and value for students, managing costs, increasing revenues, driving efficiencies and ensuring social mobility.

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Improving graduate employability

7th Nov 2013 - Central London, UK

Delegates at this seminar discussed key issues for the graduate labour market. It comes at a time of high levels of graduate unemployment and follows a series of HE sector reforms related to graduate employability, including the introduction of HEAR (Higher Education Achievement Reports) and the requirement for all universities to collect data on graduate destinations and earnings for publication in the KIS (Key Information Sets).

Key speaker: Christopher Millward, Associate Director, North, HEFCE

Sessions focused on graduate underemployment - including the impact this may have on the labour market for non-graduates - as well as the perceived value of a degree for students considering entering higher education, particularly with the introduction of Higher Apprenticeships providing a potential alternative to university study. They also looked at the role of universities in preparing graduates for the workplace including the delivery of employability modules within courses and the role of sandwich courses, work placements and internships. Those attending included key policymakers from Government alongside HE sector regulators, university leaders, Deans and careers advisors, graduate recruiters, student and lecturer unions, voluntary organisations and other interested parties.

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Fair access and widening participation: assessing the National Strategy for access and student success (UK)

28th Nov 2013 - Central London, UK

Guest of Honour: Professor Les Ebdon

This seminar examined policy initiatives for ensuring fair access to England's universities and improving student success - including new approaches to achieving greater participation from disadvantaged groups, as well as improving student retention and outcomes. It is timed to follow the release of the national strategy for access and student success in Autumn 2013, and one year on from the release of Alan Milburn's independent review University Challenge: How Higher Education Can Advance Social Mobility.

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Exporting UK education - implementing the Education Sector Industrial Strategy (UK)

5th Dec 2013 - Central London, UK

Delegates at this timely seminar assessed the steps that can be taken to support UK education providers - particularly in the fields of Further and Higher Education - and UK-based suppliers of educational resources to compete in global markets. It follows the establishment of Education UK - the new body designed to promote education exports - and is also scheduled to follow the publication of Government's strategy on Education Exports (due to be published shortly).

Guest of Honour: Vicky Elliott, Head of International Education, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

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SRHE Annual Research Conference- Experiencing Higher Education: Global Trends and Transformations (UK)

11th-13th Dec 2013 - Celtic Manor, Newport in South Wales, UK

Higher education globally is continuing to undergo change at a rapid pace and the experiences of all participants, those who study and those who work within the sector, are being transformed as a consequence. Presentations and discussions explored global trends and examined what research into higher education tells us about  the impact of these changes, with a particular focus on how higher education experiences are now evolving in a global context and embracing new technology. The Conference offered the opportunity to explore what it means, in the very broadest sense, to be part of the higher education academic community as a student, an academic researcher or teacher, a leader, a developer or other role.

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The student academic experience - expectations, engagement and complaint resolution (UK)

16th Jan 2014 - Central London,UK

As increased tuition fees raise the focus on student experience, this seminar provided a timely opportunity to discuss key issues related to students' academic experience of university. It was scheduled to follow the creation of a new Higher Education Student Engagement Partnership Unit in Autumn 2013 and the publication of two QAA-funded research projects - Student perceptions of quality and standards and Student engagement practice.

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The future of postgraduate taught education (UK)

23rd Jan 2014 - Central London, UK

With the Minister for Universities and Science calling for a more "lively debate" on the future of postgraduate education, this seminar looked at the key issues for postgraduate taught courses - in particular, concerns over funding and access.


Guest of Honour: Christopher Millward, Associate Director, North, HEFCE

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33rd Annual Conference on The First-Year Experience (USA)

15th-18th Feb 2014 - San Diego, California, USA

The 33rd Annual Conference on The First-Year Experience provides an ongoing forum where higher education professionals can share experiences, concerns, and accomplishments related to supporting student learning, development, and success in the first college year.

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HEA STEM Annual Learning and Teaching Conference 2014: Enhancing the STEM Student Journey (UK)

30th-1st May 2014 - University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

The conference included keynote presentations, debates, individual papers, posters, and student poster competitions (both undergraduate and postgraduate). Submissions covered:

•    Learning, Teaching and Assessment in STEM disciplines
•    Enhancing the employability skills of STEM graduates
•    Innovative STEM education
•    Transitions within the student experience
•    Students as partners
•    Laboratory and technical skills
•    Mathematical and Statistical skills in the disciplines
•    Internationalising STEM education

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European First Year Experience (EFYE) 2014 Conference (UK)

9th-11th Jun 2014 - Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, UK

The EFYE Conference is building on a rich history of conferences in the UK, Sweden, the Netherlands, Belgium and Finland. There were two main themes this year:

The student lifecycle

  • How do we prepare students for their new lives at university?
  • How do we best deliver new students' inductions?
  • How do we help students to make the transition through the year?
  • How do we prepare students for subsequent studies?

Building a first year experience for international students

  • With increasing opportunities to study around the world, how do we build a first year experience to suit students studying beyond the borders of their home country?

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The Employability of Postgraduate Students (UK)

19th Jun 2014 - City University, London

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Higher Education Academy's Annual Conference (UK)

2nd Jul 2014 - Aston University, UK

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UKCGE 2014 International Annual Conference: Doctoral Training Structures – form and functionality (Dublin)

3rd-4th Jul 2014 - Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Dublin

Sessions to include:

Doctoral Training Structures from around the world

How to operate a Cohort approachUsing student feedback to improve their experiences and outcomes?

What constitutes “Research Training” and should it be subject specific or generic?

For more information go to the UKCGE main events page:

Enhancing Postgraduate Employability (UK)

3rd Jul 2014 - Central London, UK

Graduates of postgraduate-taught programmes make an important contribution to the UK economy and society. But the benefits of postgraduate study can only be fully realised if postgraduates are employable and able to market their talents to employers, and if employers recognise the value in taking on postgraduates. In the current economic climate, it is vital for institutions to keep pace with changes in the labour market, and be able to articulate the value of postgraduate education to employers. Following the Universities UK report on postgraduate employability, this conference will feature case studies of current good practice in university-business collaboration, explore how institutions can respond flexibly to employer needs, and address the issues that remain around student expectations and enhancing employability for non-vocationally-specific Masters programmes.

For for information, contact the Events Team, Universities UK onDirect tel +44 (0)20 7419 5412 Email or visit

International Baccalaureate World Student Conference 2014 (UK)

27th-2nd Aug 2014 - University of Bath, Bath, UK

The International Baccalaureate World Student Conference for 2014 will focus on the theme of The City of the Future.

The World Bank estimates that more than half the world’s population now lives in urban areas, presenting new challenges and opportunities for individuals and societies to work together to improve their wellbeing.

How can we build better cities for the future?
What are the challenges of urban life around the world, and how can we make a difference?
What are the technologies that can help?
How can we bring communities together in divided cities?
This conference will provide an opportunity to learn from experts, to share our own experiences from around the world, and to develop action plans for transforming our cities into sustainable, prosperous places to live.

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The Higher and Further Education Show (UK)

16th Oct 2014 - Olympia, Central London

The Higher Education Show brought together HE and FE business leaders and decision makers under one roof to find solutions, discuss challenges and procure good and services. Developed in-conjunction with the sector, it is the ONLY event of its kind to bring together all of the key business groups - for one-day only each year – from across HE and FE, to meet, network, discuss the current challenges, share the latest initiatives and to find the best providers and partners.

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Postgraduate Funding (UK)

21st Jan 2015 - The University of Sheffield's conference venue 'INOX Dine', Sheffield, UK

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Meeting the Needs of Part-time and Distance Learning Postgraduate Students (UK)

30th Jan 2015 - Maple House, Birmingham City Centre, Birmingham

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The future for undergraduate and postgraduate taught tuition fees (UK)

24th Feb 2015 - Central London, UK

This conference will focussed on the likely impact of proposals set out in the Government’s Science and Innovation Strategy  as well as the challenges going forward of putting policy into practice.

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Transnational Education 2015: Widening the UK's Higher Education Market (UK)

4th Mar 2015 - Central London, UK

Brian Johnson, Head of International Higher Education Strategy, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills will deliver the morning keynote.

Book by phone: 020 3770 6580

Institute on Sophomore Student Success (USA)

17th-19th Apr 2015 - Columbia, SC, USA

Sophomore students have typically be the overlooked "middle-children" in higher education. With increasing awareness of second-year struggles, what resources and support can be provided to stabilize the sophomore year? This conference on Sophomore Student Success provided the opportunity to examine trends and practices connected to building a comprehensive and intentional approach to ensure the success of sophomore students.


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Developing the higher level vocational education system and the next steps for Higher Apprenticeships (UK)

21st May 2015 - Central London, UK

This conference follows the Government's call for engagement in the creation of elite National Colleges, intended to help the development of high level technical skills in those industries or sectors where there is an identified skills gap. Delegates will examine key challenges for creating these colleges and the steps that can be taken to encourage further engagement from employers in the development of their workforce’s skills. HEFCE speaker Peter Seddon, Senior Policy Adviser, Knowledge Exchange & Skills Policy, HEFCE, will speak on the Catalyst Fund and innovative approaches to technical education at higher levels.

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Next steps for supporting adopted children and children in care, and improving transitions for care leavers (UK)

4th Jun 2015 - Central London, UK

Guest of Honour: Debbie Jones, Director, Social Care, Ofsted
This seminar will consider the future for policy relating to children in care. It comes as a recently released National Audit Office report highlighted there were more than 68,000 children under local authority care in England last year - the highest level for 20 years.

The conference is scheduled to follow the introduction, in April 2015, of Ofsted's new inspection framework for children's homes, as well as a new set of Quality Standards - detailed in Government's consultation on Children's homes regulations: high expectations and aspirations - which focus on 'aspirational' and 'child-focused' outcomes, including a standard to address children’s wishes and feelings.

Rt Hon the Baroness Butler-Sloss, Chairman, House of Lords Select Committee on Adoption Legislation and Earl of Listowel, Vice-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Looked after Children and Care Leavers have kindly agreed to chair this seminar.

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Competition and regulation in Higher Education (UK)

4th Jun 2015 - Central, London, UK

Timed to follow the expected Spring publication of the Competition and Markets Authority's review into competition and regulation in Higher Education, this seminar will consider the regulatory frameworks for HE at a time of increasing competition within the undergraduate higher education market in England.

Planned sessions focus on changing structures within higher education, including university mergers and the growth of branch campuses - as well as the competitive impact of new forms of higher education provision, in light of increasing course flexibility and the introduction of Higher Apprenticeships. There will also be discussion of the challenges and opportunities for new entrants to the market, particularly in resolving 'higher education cold spots' - areas with particularly low levels of higher education provision.

This Event is CPD Certified

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European First Year Experience (EFYE) 2015 Conference (Norway)

15th-17th Jun 2015 - Bergen, Norway

The EFYE Conference was hosted by University of Bergen, Norway, building on a rich history of conferences in the UK, Sweden, the Netherlands, Belgium and Finland. There were two main themes this year:

Institutional development
* Who are FYE stakeholders and with what/how should they be engaged?
* How do we embed a culture of FYE for all stakeholders?
* Is it possible for FYE to be a standalone activity?
* In what ways can/should FYE move from organic development to strategic ownership?
* What 'language'/terminology should be used to promote FYE: retention or success?
The student lifecycle
* How do we prepare students for their new lives at university?
* How do we best deliver new students' inductions?
* How do we help students to make the transition through the year?
* How do we prepare students for subsequent studies?

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Does data matter? How can evidence improve practice?- NEON Summer Symposium (UK)

22nd-23rd Jun 2015 - Sussex University, Brighton, UK

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Enhancing UK Graduate Employability (UK)

24th Jun 2015 - The Royal College of Surgeons, Central London

Delegates will learn how to create effective strategies to enhance your students' employability skills, and remain competitive in the university league tables.

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The Higher & Further Education Show (UK)

14th Oct 2015 - ExCel, London

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UK universities as a destination of choice for international students - recruitment, regulation, student experience and global competition- A Westminster Higher Education Forum Keynote Seminar (UK)

14th Oct 2015 - Central London, UK

This seminar focuses on challenges facing the Higher Education sector in attracting and supporting international students in an increasingly competitive global market. The agenda includes discussion on the how to improve the student experience offered to international students studying in the UK; including course quality, providing academic support and consumer protection.
Scheduled to come one year on from the introduction of a 10% cap on the level of visa rejections permitted for institutions with highly trusted sponsor status, delegates will discuss its impact on prospective students, the competitiveness of UK higher education worldwide, and on the recruitment patterns of universities.
The agenda includes keynote contributions from Brian Johnson, Head of International Higher Education, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and Michael Peak, Education Research Manager, British Council.

Chaired by: Rt Hon The Earl of Selborne
This event is CPD certified

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Improving student experience and applying consumer law - informed choice, value for money and addressing complaints (UK)

15th Oct 2015 - Central, London, UK

Guests of Honour: Louisa Darian, Principal Policy Advisor, Higher Education, Which? and Sarbani Banerjee, Senior Policy Adviser, Learning and Teaching Team, HEFCE

In an increasingly competitive market for students, this timely seminar will focus on the next steps for improving student experience; prospective students' awareness of metrics such as student satisfaction and contact time; as well as measures to be taken to protect students and deal effectively with complaints.

For more information, contact Ashlene O’Brien, Stakeholder Research Officer, Westminster Higher Education Forum on T: 01344 864796

The future for Postgraduate Taught education: funding, choice and student experience (UK)

22nd Oct 2015 - Central, London, UK

This timely seminar took place as the HE sector prepares for the introduction of student loans for taught postgraduate students in 2016, and as those in receipt of HEFCE's interim bursaries begin their programmes.

Delegates considered the impact that postgraduate loans will have on student numbers across universities and courses, including the progression of these students to PGR level study. They will also examine the potential benefits for students that are currently underrepresented on postgraduate courses, along with the appropriateness of the £10,000 funding cap and age limit of the loans currently available for students up to the age of 30.

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The Next Generation of High Level Skills in the UK (UK)

28th Jan 2016 - Central, London, UK

Join UKCES to explore innovative strategies to develop the next generation of high level skills. To address these challenges and explore innovative solutions to overcome this growing issue, on 28th January in Central London, Inside Government will be hosting an engaging forum which examines HEFCE and Skills Funding Agency’s strategies to end the UK high level skills shortage. Skills Funding Agency’s strategies to end the UK high level skills shortage.

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HEA Annual STEM Conference 2016 (UK)

28th-29th Jan 2016 - East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham

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Call for papers -Deadline: 8 November 2015

Raising Standards in UK Higher Education Through Effective Regulation (UK)

23rd Feb 2016 - Central, London, UK

In June 2015 the Student Academic Experience Survey found that fewer than 50% of students consider their Higher Education (HE) courses to be ‘good or very good value for money’.

To address this issue  the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) proposed wide-ranging regulatory changes to prepare the sector for future challenges. This was followed by the announcement of a green paper from the Minister for Universities and Science Jo Johnson outlining the ‘necessary changes’ needed for the UK Higher Education (HE) sector to remain competitive and retain its world class reputation.

With this in mind Inside Government would like to invite you to join HEFCE at their upcoming Raising Standards in UK Higher Education Through Effective Regulation forum on the 23rd of February 2016. This forum will give you the unique opportunity to hear about the upcoming  transformation of HE regulation and learn how to raise standards in HE further.

For further information or for group booking enquiries, please email  or call 020 3770 6580

The changing shape of Higher Education admissions and next steps for widening participation policy (UK)

10th Mar 2016 - Central, London, UK

Key discussion points:
•    Widening participation - including challenges for schemes such as HEFCE’s recently launched National Networks for Collaborative Outreach;
•    Key trends in HE admissions - including more universities offering unconditional offer, the growing disparity between the number of male and female applicants;
•    AS and A-levels - assessing the expected impact of Decoupling  on the 2017/18 intake, including a return to universities basing their admissions on predicted grades;
•    International UCAS applications - impending changes which will allow UK students to apply to approved overseas universities directly through the UCAS service; and
•    PQA - the possibility of moving to a Post-Qualification Application system.

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Next steps for postgraduate research: funding, quality of provision and the high-skilled workforce (UK)

7th Apr 2016 - Central, London, UK

This seminar examines the future of postgraduate research (PGR) degrees in the UK.
It is timed to discuss forthcoming changes affecting the sector, including the planned introduction of Government-backed, income-contingent postgraduate research loans in 2017, and the implications for PGR of the Nurse Review into the scope and operation of Research Councils.

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Researching the Micro and Local in Widening Participation Practice: Seminar 3 (UK)

8th Apr 2016 - Sheffield Hallam, Sheffield, UK

The aim of this series was to ground and contextualise discussions of widening participation, which can often be spoken of in largely abstract terms, in considerations of the local and micro practices of WP by focusing on two large and complex cities (Sheffield and London) and on Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland which face different challenges in relation to WP and to the idea of the ‘local’. The seminars used WP and access-related research to draw attention to how WP practices at a local level shape and influence choice-making, access, progression and success and how, in turn, these inform issues of in/justice and in/equality.

The series brought researchers and other academics together with practitioners from HE, FE, schools and local authorities departments to explore, amongst other areas:

•         how ‘local’ is conceptualised and researched and how this shapes thinking and practice
•         how connections are made across cities and regions and the strategies adopted to try and connect the local with the national
•         the micro practices of WP and how these shape and are shaped by macro (national) and the meso (institutional) policies and practice
•         what lessons can be learned for researching WP across cities or regions

The joint seminar series between the Society for Research into Higher Education was delivered as part of the Access and Widening Participation Network (conveners: Penny-Jane Burke and Jacqueline Stevenson) and the Universities Association for Lifelong Learning Widening Participation and Access Network (convener Annette Hayton).  Support was also  given by Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Sheffield
This session asked critical questions of knowledge and the curriculum. The first part of the day  located considerations of inequalities in relation to students' success and the relationship between national and institutional policies, curriculum, and powerful knowledge. In the second part of the day, it focused on how the City of Sheffield was seeking to enable greater access through considerations of academic preparedness and academic choice making.

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Next steps for graduate employment (UK)

12th Apr 2016 - Central, London, UK

This seminar ocused on the steps that universities can take to improve graduate career prospects and ensure that degrees are relevant to the changing needs of industry.

It was an early opportunity to assess HEFCE's 'learning gain' pilots, which aim to assess the value of the skills and expertise learnt during a degree and the employability benefits this has provided, as well following on from the latest Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) statistical release which identifies the most recent levels of graduate employment.

Delegates discussed how universities can ensure that courses that are relevant to industry and provide sufficient work experience opportunities throughout their degrees, along with how employers can be encouraged to engage with universities in course design and delivery. Further areas discussed included: the suitability of the DLHE survey; how to measure the added employability value that universities provide; and how well students utilise the employability and careers guidance services offered by institutions.

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Implementing the Teaching Excellence Framework (UK)

18th Apr 2016 - Central, London, UK

This seminar focused on teaching quality in higher education and the introduction of the ‘Teaching Excellence Framework’ (TEF).
It was timed to examine proposals for the introduction of the TEF which were outlined in the recent Higher Education Green Paper, including the impact of the TEF on universities and students, implications of linking TEF results to tuition fee increases, and strategies for effectively measuring teaching quality.
Delegates  discussed how best to support university staff to deliver high quality curricula and to encourage innovative course design, as well as issues around accommodating diverse forms of higher education provision - for example two-year degrees, online learning and Degree Apprenticeships - within the framework. Further sessions looked at concerns about the effects on the quality of provision of the ‘casualisation’ of teaching contracts in some parts of the sector.

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Postgraduate Student Experience, Employability and Support (UK)

6th May 2016 - SRHE 73 Collier Street, London, N1 9BE

Most student experience research focuses on undergraduate education. Research on postgraduate education has recently focused on access and funding. However, there is less of a concentration on the postgraduate student experience. This set of speakers explored different dimensions of postgraduate student experiences, looking at employability and support. Michelle Morgan drew on research from the HEFCE-funded Postgraduate Experience Project. Andrea Abbas and Rachel Spacey reported on a study of postgraduate students’ perceptions of their own employability. Peter Fine explored a longitudinal study of postgraduate experiences of continuing professional development (CPD) in dentistry, and the importance of confidence and experience, as well as methodological challenges. Hazel Messenger expanded on a relational and integrated approach to employability which aims to develop postgraduates' potential using a 'whole person' approach.

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Reforming degree classification in the UK (UK)

15th Jun 2016 - Central, London, UK

Coming at a time of significant discussion about the system of degree classification in the UK and following the inclusion of concerns about grade inflation in last year's Higher Education Green Paper, this seminar focused on the future for awarding degrees in the UK. Delegates - including policymakers and senior representatives from universities, employers and students' unions -discussed latest thinking on options for grading reform within UK higher education, along with the potential for the introduction of a more granular Grade Point Average measure to successfully address these concerns.  Further sessions focused on the role of external examiners in promoting consistent marking across the sector, along with the effectiveness of measures to provide prospective employers with further information in addition to the degree transcript - including the Higher Education Achievement Report.

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Westminster Higher Education Forum Keynote Seminar: Priorities for part-time and mature students: outreach, retention and tackling barriers (UK)

6th Jul 2016 - Central, London, UK

Following calls in the Green Paper for the higher education sector to be opened to new providers, this seminar examined key issues affecting part-time and mature students, and the institutions where they study. It took place in the context of concerns about the falling numbers of part-time students entering undergraduate degrees.

Delegates discussed the likely impact of policy initiatives such as the Access to Higher Education qualifications - the route into HE for adults without A-level or equivalent qualifications - as well the removal from 2017-18 of restrictions on accessing student finance for STEM second degrees, and the proposed extension of maintenance loans to part-time students from 2018-19.

Further sessions brought out latest thinking and best practice for improving student experience and retention rates - including suitable arrangements for facilities such as libraries, catering and childcare - as well as support services, tutoring, course flexibility and the quality of teaching.

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The creative industries in the North of England - local growth and the UK’s competitiveness in global markets (UK)

13th Jan 2017 - Central, London, UK

The focus:
Priorities for developing the creative economy in the North of England, contributing to local and UK-wide economic growth.

Keynote contributions from:
•    Helen Warren, Head of Creative Industries, Department for Culture, Media and Sport;
•    Sir Richard Leese, Leader, Manchester City Council and Vice Chair, Greater Manchester Combined Authority;
•    Caroline Norbury, Chief Executive Officer, Creative England; and
•    Alice Webb, Director, BBC North and BBC Children’s, BBC.

Agenda discussion points:
•    Strengthening the Northern creative economy.
•    A world-class creative talent pool: priorities for workforce development and retention.
•    Creative hubs and the placemaking agenda.
•    Public and private investment.

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Making Every Graduate Employable-Identifying Skills Gaps, Collaboration with Industry and Reviewing Destination Data Collection (UK)

24th Jan 2017 - Central, London, UK

With the publication of the 2016 CBI/Pearson Education and Skills Survey showing a high rate of employer satisfaction with their graduate recruits, this forum will assess some of the successful practices and policies currently used in universities to ensure student employability come graduation, as well as best practice examples of university-business partnerships.

For more information, contact Policy-UK Forum on 0845 647 9000

Widening participation in higher education (UK)

25th Jan 2017 - Central, London, UK

With the National Collaborative Outreach Programme coming into effect from 1st January and the government announcing additional funding to support social mobility in education, our Widening Participation in Higher Education Conference is ideally timed to explore the latest developments and existing support designed to widen participation.

Addressing the progress made towards the Government’s target to double the proportion of disadvantaged young people entering higher education and increase by 20% the number of black and ethnic minority (BME) students enrolling, this conference offers the guidance needed to widen access to higher education in a changing financial and policy landscape.

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Effectively Addressing and Resolving Student Complaints in Higher Education (UK)

25th Jan 2017 - Central, London, UK

This Forum provides attendees with the opportunity to discuss the current and future landscape for Higher Education (HE) complaints resolution. Through key policy experts and best practice studies, participants will analyse how to put in place a robust framework for complaints handling and resolution and discuss various, innovative and effective university wide complaints procedures to ensure a positive student experience and value for money.

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Disabled students at university - facilities, support services and the impact of funding changes (UK)

26th Jan 2017 - Central, London, UK

Timed to follow the reform of the Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) - which includes a significant reduction in the range of support which can be funded and is due for introduction in September 2016 - this seminar will bring together key policymakers and stakeholders to discuss the immediate impact of the changes as well as steps that can be taken to address further challenges for disabled students’ in Higher Education.

Planned sessions will look at the accessibility of campuses, examples of best practice in providing facilities and support services for disabled students - particularly in light of the funding reforms - as well as what more can be done to increase the number of disabled people entering HE in the first instance.

Attendees will include university and college leaders and support staff, deans and senior teaching staff; senior representatives from within the NHS and private support providers; assistive technology providers; lawyers; architects, university estates directors, construction companies and others involved in campus design and students’ and lecturers’ unions.

Sarah Howls, Head of Student Opportunity, HEFCE; Professor Geoff Layer, Vice Chancellor, University of Wolverhampton and Chair, The Disabled Students Sector Leadership Group and Paul Williams, Deputy Director, Student Funding Policy, Department for Education have agreed to deliver keynote addresses.

Chris Brill, Senior Policy Advisor, Equality Challenge Unit; Dr John Conway, Principal Lecturer & Disability Officer, Royal Agricultural University and Director, National Association of Disability Practitioners; James Elliott, Disabled Students Officer, NUS; John Lamb, Executive Director, British Assistive Technology Association; Mei-Yee Man Oram, Senior Consultant, Accessible Environments and Co-Lead, Accessible Environments Team, ARUP and Liz Sayce, Chief Executive, Disability Rights UK have also agreed to speak at this seminar, as well as a senior speaker confirmed from the Office of the Independent Adjudicator.

Dr Lisa Cameron MP, Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Disability and Lord Holmes of Richmond, Disability Commissioner, Equality and Human Rights Commission have agreed to chair this seminar.

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Improving Lives: Supporting Adults with Learning Disabilities (UK)

31st Jan 2017 - Manchester Conference Centre, Manchester

A successful transition to adulthood depends on having high aspirations, early and effective planning, putting the young person at the centre of the process to help them prepare for the changes ahead and support their choices in areas such as employment, housing, having friends and relationships, being part of their community and enjoying good health.
Supporting Adults with Learning Disabilities conference will hear from a line-up of expert speakers who will discuss challenging topics, debate contentious issues and analyse the way forward. Delegates will gain a true understanding of the current thinking which can be applied and positively contribute to their own circumstances, organisations and working practices to improve the lives of all those touched by learning disability.

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HE Community Engagement: Increasing Cooperation Between Higher Education and Local Economies (UK)

31st Jan 2017 - Hallam Conference Centre, London

This Forum offers an opportunity to discuss how universities can play a leading role in the devolution of powers and finance across regions in England. Establishing anchor institutions as the innovative hub for communities, and alternative sources of growth specific to driving the community forward will be an important component to further increase the success of decentralising power to major cities. Hearing from Higher Education (HE) key decision makers, and assessing some of the pilot case studies from the sector this forum will inform and strengthen the HE sector in a changing HE landscape.

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Reforms to Mathematics qualifications: new A-levels and the future of Mathematics provision post-16 (UK)

2nd Feb 2017 - Central, London, UK

Westminster Education Forum Keynote Seminar on Reforms to Mathematics qualifications: new A-levels and the future of Mathematics provision post-16

The focus:
Key issues for the provision of Mathematics post-16 including:
•    Increasing uptake;

•    Teaching the new Maths A-levels from September 2017; and

•    Ongoing Maths teacher recruitment and retention issues.

•    Timed to follow Professor Sir Adrian Smith’s review into improving the quality and increasing the uptake of Maths post-16;

•    Takes place as schools prepare to implement the new Mathematics A-levels, following the publication of specifications and ahead of the start of teaching in September 2017;

•    Comes after a survey by the Mathematical Association found that fewer than half of Mathematics departments were fully staffed in September 2016.

Overall, sessions at this seminar will look at:

•    The future for Post-16 Maths provision.

•    Teaching the new Mathematics A-level qualifications.

•    Improving recruitment, retention and professional development in the Maths workforce.

For more information, contact Sean Cudmore Deputy Editor, Westminster Education Forum on 01344 864796

The future for UK science and innovation funding and policy - Brexit, the HE and Research Bill and supporting disruptive innovation (UK)

2nd Feb 2017 - Central, London, UK

This conference will draw together key policymakers and affected stakeholders to discuss the future of science and innovation policy.

It is held at a time of uncertainty over the long-term impact of the EU referendum result on UK science funding and collaborations and also follows the Government’s commitments - in the Autumn Statement - to increase research spending by £2bn a year by 2020, a new Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund focused on ‘priority technologies’ such as robotics and biotechnology and a review of R&D tax incentives.

Topics for discussion will also include potential further reform of IP laws, improving access to finance for disruptive start-ups and ‘challenger businesses’, as well as how the UK can retain and continue to attract R&D-intensive businesses to operate here.

Sessions will also look wider at reforms to the structure of the Research Councils proposed in the Higher Education and Research Bill, and the implications of UK research funding priorities, including for key scientific infrastructure and the next steps for the Catapult Centre programme.

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Competition and regulation in England's higher education market - quality assurance, new providers and the impact of TEF (UK)

9th Feb 2017 - Central, London, UK

With a number of measures contained within the Higher Education and Research Bill being designed to further open England’s HE market up to new providers this conference will bring together key policymakers and stakeholders from across the HE sector to discuss the future shape of the market.

Delegates will discuss the likely impact of specific measures contained within the Bill such as liberalising access to the ‘university’ title and degree awarding powers as well as the requirement for all providers to submit a ‘student protection plan’ in preparation for a possible market exit.

Sessions will also examine trends in the market such as the growth of FE in HE and satellite campuses converting to independent full university status and also potential changes following the Bill such as a greater number of foreign-based providers entering the market - particularly if the UK were to leave the European single market - or groupings of FE colleges collaborating to assume their own awarding powers. Further topics for discussion will include whether the Teaching Excellence Framework will drive competition and the impact that removing the student number cap has had on the market.

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Westminster Higher Education Forum Keynote Seminar Competition and regulation in England’s higher education market - quality assurance, new providers and the impact of TEF (UK)

9th Feb 2017 - Central, London, UK

The future shape of the Higher Education market

•    The Higher Education and Research Bill
•    Brexit and Britain’s future relationship with the European single market, and its effect on the HE sector.
Areas for discussion:
•    The latest trends and issues in competition and regulation within higher education;
•    Assuring quality in an increasingly competitive sector;
•    Assessing the new regulatory environment;
•    How the changes to competition will affect students;
•    Achieving the optimum level of regulation in the market and encouraging new providers; and
•    The priorities and key implementation issues around increasing competition in higher education.

For more information contact call on 01344 864796 or visit

Lifelong Learning inside and outside the walls of the academy: Looking back and looking forward (UK)

10th Feb 2017 - SRHE, 73 Collier St, London N1 9BE

There is a crisis in the participation of part-time and mature students in the UK’s universities. Though England has experienced by far the steepest decline, universities in Scotland and Wales have also seen a sharp fall in the proportion of part-time and mature students on their courses. Moreover, with their increasingly exclusive focus on young full-time students, many institutions have closed their extra mural departments that had provided courses for the community beyond their campus. The reason for this rapid decline may be attributed to changes in funding associated with policy reforms but the universities’ retreat from lifelong learning also raises fundamental questions about their current social and economic purpose. Within that context the contributors to this seminar analyse the rise and fall of adult and community education in connection to the academy in Scotland and England. Each contributor has a long-standing commitment to adult and community education and in this seminar they each examine how the future of lifelong learning might be shaped and ensured.

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Improving Student Retention & Success in Higher Education (UK)

16th Feb 2017 - Central Manchester

This Westminster Briefing event is designed to understand how  HEIs can enhance student engagement and success. Delgates will discuss how to develop whole-institution initiatives which contribute to success throughout the student lifecycle and review an approach to nurturing a sense of belonging.

This is the opportunity to hear the latest good practice from HEIs working to address student success, belonging and retention for you to take back and implement within your institution.

For further information please contact Ijeoma Ibeji, Attendee Liaison Co-ordinator, | 0207 593 5657

Enhancing International Student Recruitment (UK)

22nd Feb 2017 - Central, London, UK

With increasing costs, rising student expectations and fierce competition abroad, British universities are facing new challenges for increasing the number of international students coming to the UK.

There has never been a more pressing time to ensure universities have an effective international student recruitment strategy in place to attract and retain the best talent.

This highly interactive training course will look at practical and strategic solutions to maximise overseas student recruitment, and promote the UK as a destination of choice in a new international context.

For further information please call 0203 770 6608 or email

Next Steps for Learning Gain: Supporting Excellence & Improving Student Outcomes (UK)

28th Feb 2017 - Central, London, UK

On top of their existing programme of work on learning gain, HEFCE have just launched the National Mixed Methodology Learning Gain Project and will invite approx. 27,000 student to pilot the combination of methodological approaches to measure learning gain. Learning gain is also a priority in the new Teaching and Excellence Framework.

This conference is a chance for HEIs and other sector bodies to gain an up-to-date brief on the work on learning gain. The aim of the day is to encourage dialogue across the sector, promote partnerships, and share new ways of measuring learning gain to ultimately improve student outcomes and support excellence in learning and teaching.

For further information please contact Ijeoma Ibeji, Attendee Liaison Co-ordinator, on: | 0207 593 5657

Promoting and Improving Student Wellbeing in Higher Education further & higher education (UK)

18th May 2017 - Central, London, UK

This Forum will provide attendees with the opportunity to learn about the latest thinking around student wellbeing, and how best to increase awareness of its importance across Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). Practitioners and policymakers will discuss updates and best practice in promoting and improving student wellbeing through innovative strategies.

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Increasing the Employment Prospects of UK Graduates (UK)

24th May 2017 - Central, London, UK

This Forum allows participants to hear about how they can improve graduate outcomes and employability within the rapidly changing landscape of the graduate jobs market. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from policy experts on updates and best practice from HEIs on a range of innovative and effective measures that can be implemented to increase the employability of graduates through equipping them with the right skills and experiences and preparing them for employment.

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The future for UK education abroad post-Brexit - exporting qualifications, new opportunities for schools and addressing the challenges of expansion

8th Jun 2017 - Central, London, UK

This seminar will consider the future for exporting UK education abroad. It takes place in light of the Government’s ongoing commitment to increase education exports to £30 billion by 2020 and amid continued growth in the number of overseas UK boarding schools.

Delegates will discuss the key challenges and opportunities for British schools when establishing satellite campuses overseas, including the maintenance of high standards, teacher recruitment and steps to protect and enhance a school brand.

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The changing shape of the UK student housing market (UK)

20th Jun 2017 - Central, London, UK

This conference will focus on key challenges and opportunities in the student housing market at a time of uncertainty over student numbers following Brexit.

Delegates will discuss the latest investment trends and the effect on the market of policy changes such as the New Homes Bonus, the review of Section 106 payments, reform of buy-to-let taxation and the extension of Houses of Multiple Occupancy regulations to all student housing.

Further key areas for discussion include the quality and affordability of existing student housing, and innovation in design of new build accommodation - as well as how the tensions between permanent residents and the student body can best be managed, and the potential for local areas realising benefits from having a student population.

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3rd International Conference on Higher Education Advances (HEAd’17) (Spain)

21st-23rd Jun 2017 - Valencia, Spain

This conference is an excellent forum for researchers and practitioners to exchange ideas, experiences, opinions and research results relating to the preparation of students, teaching/learning methodologies and the organization of educational systems. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following topic areas:

  • Innovative materials and new tools for teaching.
  • Teaching and learning experiences.
  • Educational technology (e.g., virtual labs, e-learning).
  • Evaluation and assessment of student learning.
  • Emerging technologies in learning (e.g., MOOC, OER, gamification).
  • Educational strategies.
  • Experiences outside the classroom (e.g., practicums, mobility).
  • New teaching/learning theories and models.
  • Globalization in education and education reforms.
  • Learning for employment.
  • Education accreditation, quality and assessment.
  • Competency-based learning and skill assessment.

Participants from all over the world are expected to present their latest and unpublished research findings. Selected papers will be awarded and invited to submit an extended version to be published at an international journal special issue.

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The Value of Lifelong Study for Employers – Promoting Awareness and Collaboration to Benefit All (UK)

9th Oct 2017 - Central, London, UK

Overall, areas for discussion include:
•Postgraduate loans - lessons so far, remaining delivery challenges and addressing potential rises in costs;
•Improving access - affordability and costs for potential students, the impact of loans on access to postgraduate study for students from disadvantaged backgrounds and their suitability for courses with higher fees, such as MBAs;
•Teaching excellence - the potential for a ‘postgraduate TEF’ and the challenges of implementation this could entail;
•Student experience and employability - models of collecting and assessing student feedback, such as the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES), using data to improve student experience and current trends in the employability of postgraduate students; and
•The next steps for postgraduate taught education - assessing the future challenges and opportunities in a changed market.

For more information, contact:Sean Cudmore, Deputy Editor, Westminster Higher Education Forum T: 01344 864796

Technology in Higher Education - data analytics, the learning experience and next steps for MOOCs

18th Oct 2017 - Central, London, UK

This seminar will discuss the use of technology in the Higher Education sector, and ways forward for developing its role in enhancing learning and teaching - as well as in more widely in HEI business processes.

Delegates will discuss the role of big data and data analytics for universities, including targeted marketing of prospective students, improving retention and personalising learning experience for individuals.

The agenda will also bring out the latest thinking on the use technology in teaching and learning, assessing progress in areas such as flipped and blended learning, and potential uses of virtual reality (VR). Those attending will also consider examples of best practice in developing a culture among the teaching community across all disciplines that supports the full potential use of technology. Further sessions will look at MOOCs, specifically emerging business models and uses including lifelong learning, marketing, pre-sessional support and credit-bearing modules.

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Next steps for developing the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (UK)

14th Nov 2017 - Central, London, UK

This seminar will be an opportunity to discuss the composition of the next cycle of the Research Excellence Framework, following the publication of outcomes from HEFCE’s consultation on REF 2021.

There will be a keynote contribution on key outcomes of the consultation from Kim Hackett, REF Manager and Head of Research Assessment, HEFCE.

Delegates will discuss suggested reforms to the framework proposed by Lord Stern’s review, which included recommendations for a broadening of the definition of impact, and for all active research staff in an institution to be submitted as part of the REF process, ending the portability of research outputs if an academic changes institution.

Key areas for discussion will include options for reforming expert panel structures to reflect diversity and strategies for reducing ‘gaming’ in the system. Further sessions will focus on the REF’s encouragement of interdisciplinary and collaborative research and proposed changes to ‘research environment’ criteria, such as institution-level assessment.

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2nd Conference on Future Education Effective Learning in an Age of Increasing Speed, Complexity and Uncertainty (Italy)

16th-18th Nov 2017 - Roma Tre University, Rome

This conference is designed to serve as an open, active platform for participants to share, collaborate and co-create new ideas, approaches, methodologies and best practices. The multi-stakeholder approach and structure of the conference will make it possible for participants to organize or participate in special sessions dedicated to in-depth exploration of specific topics ranging from subject content, pedagogy and learning technologies to social and economic impact on issues such as employment, skills development, business development, innovation, social power, citizenship, cultural diversity, personal development and individuality.

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Next steps for international student recruitment in higher education - changes to the visa system and promoting the UK as a destination post-Brexit (UK)

21st Nov 2017 - Central, London, UK

With the UK in the process of leaving the EU, this timely seminar will consider the future for attracting international students to higher education institutions in the UK. It takes place with a 7% decline in the number of EU nationals applying to UK universities for the coming year, according to figures produced by UCAS.

Ahead of the expected consultation this summer on reforms to immigration policy, delegates will consider the future for international student visa policy, including the status of EU citizens studying at UK universities.

Further sessions will assess the next steps for promoting the UK as a destination for international students as the UK prepares to leave the EU, including what can be learnt from previous marketing campaigns and from the success of other countries, as well as opportunities for growth around the world.

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Brexit and Higher Education: International Competitiveness, the Impact on Research Programmes and Tackling Misperceptions (UK)

7th Dec 2017 - Central, London, UK

In the context of Britain’s departure from the EU and the implementation of the Higher Education and Research Act this forum brings together key stakeholders to discuss and debate the challenges and opportunities for the UK’s Higher Education sector as we negotiate our exit from the European Union.

Key areas to be addressed:

•  Students and Staff – Tackling Brexit Misconceptions and Maintaining International Appeal:
The implications of Brexit on perceptions of the sector overseas; tangible solutions to securing the future of EU students and academic staff; and ensuring the UK remains a globally welcoming and competitive higher education destination for the brightest and the best.

•  Impact on Outward Mobility and EU Research Programmes – Pathways Ahead for Britain’s Involvement:
The importance of Erasmus+, Horizon2020 and other research programmes; Britain’s future within these programmes; and what contingency plans should be in place for any eventuality, including funding alternatives to provisions made by the European Research Council.

•  Recalibrating - Looking global and serving the local - The realities facing the sector:
Reviewing the impetus Brexit has possibly provided for regional injections in funding and how this can be realized; and developing a cross-governmental strategy to support international research, collaboration and local communities.
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Accelerated degrees and credit transfer - putting the Higher Education and Research Act into practice (UK)

22nd Jan 2018 - Central, London, UK

Delegates will consider key issues for HEIs and students including the pricing, marketing and demand for accelerated courses, practical issues for provision affecting the teaching workforce, the use of resources and facilities, and catering for the individual and extenuating circumstances of students.

Further sessions focus on switching university or degree and the role of credit transfer in delivering more flexible courses, as well as the regulatory challenges for the mix of two and three-year degrees, implications for the wider higher education market and key lessons from European best practice.

The agenda also discusses the possible impact of more flexible provision on the development of skills and employability, and the potential for supporting greater social mobility.

For more information, contact Sean Cudmore, Deputy Editor, Westminster Higher Education Forum on T: 01344 864796

Preparing Students for HE & Supporting Them Through the Transition (UK)

31st Jan 2018 - One Drummond Gate, Victoria, London, SW1V 2QQ

According to a recent survey, less than 10% of students say their experience of higher education closely matches their prior expectations. This mismatch between expectation and reality can have a dramatic impact on student experience, retention and wellbeing.

The seminar will discuss how best to prepare students for higher education and what more can be done to support them through the transition. We will examine actions leading institutions are already taking and discuss good practice examples that can be adapted to your own institution.

Speakers include:
Nick Hillman (Chair), Director, Higher Education Policy Institute
Jenny Shaw, Head of Student Services and Insight, Unite Students
Michelle Morgan, Associate Dean, Student Experience, Bournemouth University
Dr Harriet Jones, Senior Lecturer & Director, PreUniversity Skills Programme, University of East Anglia
Sean Russell, FHEA, HE and LGBT+ Consultant and Founder, Get Out Stay Out
Dr. Emily McIntosh, Director of Student Life, University of Bolton

Key Issues to be Addressed Include:
•Managing expectations pre-university
•Tailoring communications to meet individual needs
•Raising awareness about what support will be available & how to access it
•The role of students’ unions & peer mentoring
•Working with schools & colleges
•Meeting the needs of non traditional students
•Providing financial, personal safety, and other types of advice & support
•Helping students adapt to HE & learn new study skills
•Facilitating social integration: helping students develop networks to avoid loneliness & isolation
•Communicating with parents & guardians

The Event:
The morning will focus on preparing students for higher education before they begin their studies.
The afternoon will examine what more HEIs can do to support students through the transition process.

For registration enquiries please contact:  or call 0207 593 5657

Disabled students - funding, inclusivity and access (UK)

6th Feb 2018 - Central, London, UK

This seminar takes place in the context of:
• The recent publication of HEFCE’s review on improving support for disabled students - which made recommendations on funding, assessment, the use of technology, training and embedding new practices - as well as the establishment of ‘inclusive champions’ at Higher Education Providers;
• The doubling of HEFCE funding for disabled students between 2016 and 2018 to £40 million; and
• Reform of the Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA), which took effect at the start of the last academic year.
Key areas for discussion:
• Funding - key findings from HEFCE’s review and assessing the long-term impact of recent changes to funding policy, including in areas such as mentoring, physical assistance and specialist IT equipment;
• Consistency - in light of increased dependence on support from individual higher education providers, how can consistency in disabled students’ provision across institutions be ensured?;
• Inclusivity - challenges for universities in implementing a social model of support for students and opportunities for developing more inclusive learning environments, teaching methods and curricula;
• Accessibility - making campuses accessible for all - examples of best practice in design and adaptation, and priorities for tackling remaining challenges; and
• Complaints - trends in responding to complaints from disabled students and further action for improving outreach and communication.
For more information contact, Sean Cudmore, Deputy Editor, Westminster Higher Education Forum on T: 01344 864796 or visit the website,

The future for curriculum design and learning gain (UK)

27th Feb 2018 - Central, London, UK

With the subject-level Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) assessment due to roll out from September 2019, this timely seminar examines latest thinking on delivering curriculum design that can facilitate the aims of inclusivity, graduate employability and significant learning gain.

Key areas for discussion:
•    Priorities for learning gain - lessons from the HEFCE pilots, overcoming challenges in measurement and the role of the wider sector in embedding learning gain;
•    Embedding employability in curriculum design - employer involvement in course design and encouraging collaboration between departments to improve employability; and
•    Effective curriculum design - involving students as co-designers of curricula, enhancing student retention and promoting inclusivity and diversity.

For more information, contact Sean Cudmore, Deputy Editor, Westminster Higher Education Forum T: 01344 864796 or visit

Embedding a Whole Institution Approach to Widening Participation (UK)

28th Feb 2018 - Central, London, UK

Universities spend a lot of time, money & effort on attempts to widen participation. However, to reach this outcome, they need to make sure they develop a cross organisation response. Recognising the need for research & evidence in this area, a recently concluded OFFA project “sought to improve understanding of what a successful ‘whole institution approach’ to widening participation looks like.”

The seminar will consider what a whole institution approach actually looks like, examine current examples and discuss the best ways to evaluate different WP programmes.

(Chair) Professor John Storan, Co-director, Action on Access & Director of Continuum, Centre for Widening Participation Policy Studies, University of East London
Speakers include: Professor Liz Thomas, Principal Investigator, Understanding a Whole Institution Approach to WP

Key Issues to be Addressed Include:
•Identifying target groups, making commitments & delivering on them
•Widening participation in terms of access, retention & outcomes
•Involving all staff from across an institution
•Common barriers and overcoming them
•Adapting what works elsewhere to your own institution
•Making sure actions are delivering value for money
•Using evaluation to improve future approaches
•Current case study examples
•Effective approaches to WP: what the evidence suggests.

For registration enquiries please contact: or call 0207 593 5657

Protecting Freedom of Speech in HE (UK)

14th Mar 2018 - Central, London, UK

The Government believes there is a censorship problem on some university campuses. To this end, it plans to use the establishment of the new HE regulator, the Office for Students, and the creation of a new regulatory framework, to “go further than ever before to promote freedom of speech”. A difficult issue to regulate, the proposed mechanism is through a ‘public interest principle', compliance with which HEIs will be judged.

This seminar will discuss protecting freedom of speech in higher education. We will examine duties as they currently stand, the Government’s proposals for reform and different approaches institutions are taking.

Key Issues to be Addressed Include:
•HEIs’ responsibilities to protect freedom of speech
•Legal & regulatory guidance
•Balancing freedom of speech with other obligations
•The role of students in deciding who can & cannot speak on campus
•Facilitating freedom of speech and the right to protest
•Government plans to safeguard freedom of speech on campus and the role of the OfS
•Developing & implementing a free speech code of practice
•Having robust procedures in place
•Engaging students in the development of policies
•Communicating policies & decisions
•Sharing how different institutions approach these issues.

For registration enquiries please contact: or call 0207 593 5657

Priorities for quality assurance in UK HEIs - grade inflation, tackling plagiarism, and the future of degree classification (UK)

20th Mar 2018 - Central, London, UK

This seminar examines key issues for quality assurance in UK higher education institutions, and degree classification systems used by HEIs. Bringing together further key stakeholders and policymakers, sessions will discuss the next steps for tackling ‘essay mills’, key issues around degree-awarding powers (DAPs) in a changed regulatory framework, and the future for the degree classification system - including initial outcomes from the Grade Point Average pilots.
Overall, areas for discussion include:

  • Quality assurance under a new regulatory framework - priorities for the Office for Students;
  • Implementing quality assurance in a new regulatory environment - issues for new providers and the future of DAPs;
  • Assuring the quality of UK degrees and widening best practice in the sector;
  • Tackling student plagiarism in UK higher education;
  • Reforming degree classification - assessing the progress of grade point average pilots; and

Long-term priorities for degree classification in UK higher education - addressing grade inflation and the impact of the TEF.
For more information contact, Sean Cudmore, Deputy Editor, Westminster Higher Education Forum on T: 01344 864796 or visit the website,

Improving participation and diversity in apprenticeships - tackling skills gaps, raising awareness and supporting under-represented groups (UK)

26th Apr 2018 - Central, London, UK

Following the Government’s target to create 3m apprenticeships by 2020, this seminar will consider the challenges for expanding participation, and what more can be done to improve diversity among those taking up apprenticeships as a career path.  Delegates will discuss the further action that will be required from policymakers, as well as training providers, employers and universities to reach the target as stakeholders adjust to the Apprenticeship Levy.

Areas for discussion include:

  • Raising awareness - following from the Careers Strategy, which will require schools to give apprenticeship providers an opportunity to speak to all pupils, how can providers and careers advisors better promote apprenticeships as a career route;
  • Increasing the number of apprenticeships - in the context of recent statistics showing that the number of apprenticeship starts from May to July this year numbered only 48,000 - down from 110,00  for the same period last year - what steps can be taken to encourage more businesses to make greater use of apprenticeships;
  • Implications from reforms to apprenticeship funding - in light of findings from the AELP, which revealed that employers are reducing their recruitment of younger apprentices, how can policy be adapted to encourage an uptake in the number of apprenticeship starts among young people; and
  • Championing diversity - exploring the key objectives for the Apprenticeship Diversity Champions Network, and how apprenticeships are being utilised by employers to encourage greater diversity within the workplace.

For more information contact, Sean Cudmore, Deputy Editor, Westminster Higher Education Forum on
T: 01344 864796 or visit the website,

Adapting to the Transformed Student Consumer: Exploring and Succeeding in the New Higher Education Landscape (UK)

8th May 2018 - Central, London, UK

The event will cover:
•    The Transformation of Higher Education and Understanding the Student as the Consumer
•    Providing Informed Student Choice in a Diverse Higher Education Landscape
•    Ensuring Student Value and the Specific Case of Student Protection Plans – Considerations for the Alternative and the Traditional Provider

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Adapting to the Transformed Student Consumer: Exploring and Succeeding in the New Higher Education Landscape (UK)

8th May 2018 - Central, London, UK

Adapting to the Transformed Student Consumer: Exploring and Succeeding in the New Higher Education Landscape

•The Transformation of Higher Education and Understanding the Student as the Consumer
•Providing Informed Student Choice in a Diverse Higher Education Landscape
•Ensuring Student Value and the Specific Case of Student Protection Plans – Considerations for the Alternative and the Traditional Provider

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#GEC18 The Graduate Employment Conference (UK)

17th May 2018 - The Principal, York

The 11th annual Graduate Employment Conference brings together senior representatives from HE and graduate recruitment to explore all aspects of student and graduate employability and recruitment.

This year, the event will explore how universities can equip graduates for the new future of work, social mobility, TEF and much more. Last year, keynotes included Andy Westwood, Nick Hillman and Paralympian Gold Medallist Claire Cashmore. Delegates are promised a similar calibre of speakers and track leaders at #GEC18.

Key themes for 2018 event will include:

• The future of work and recruitment
• New careers strategy and approaches to early talent
• Optimising graduate outcomes
• Social Mobility
• Recruitment in Tech
• Millennials and generation theory
• Growth mindset debate

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The Marketisation of HE and its impact on academic identity and academic practice (UK)

22nd May 2018 - SRHE, 73 Collier Street, London N1 9BE

The sessions covered will include:

Academic Identity

‘Not a real academic’: Academic identity on teaching-focussed contracts.

Dr Sarah Dyer, University of Exeter

Academic Practice

Sustaining academic integrity in a marketised HE sector: a tough job but somebody’s got to do it!

Dr Richard Scullion, University of Bournemouth

Fusing academic identity and practice

The changing identities of academic developers in the context of marketised higher education: creative solutions and ways forward.

Dr Claire Gordon, London School of Economics

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Next Steps for Apprenticeships: Providing Quality and Quantity (UK)

30th Aug 2018 - Central, London, UK

With the Apprenticeship Levy now in its second year, providers, colleges and employers are wrestling with new challenges and trying to maintain momentum in the face of declining take-up.

This Westminster Briefing will provide a full update on Government support available and the Institute of Apprenticeships’ latest thinking.

Key Issues to be Addressed Include:
•Latest Government updates & actions to address take-up
•Wider technical education reforms: Post-16 Skills Plan & T-Levels
•Role of Institute of Apprenticeships: funding band review, standards and assessment
•Using the Digital Apprenticeship System
•Preparing for an Ofsted inspection
•Barriers to levied and non-levied employers taking on apprentices
•Flexible subcontracting: efficient supply chains and passing on the levy
•Overcoming issues facing colleges and training providers
•Balancing on and off the job apprenticeship delivery.

For registration enquiries please contact: or call 0207 593 5657

Next steps for developing the Knowledge Exchange Framework (UK)

10th Sep 2018 - Central, London, UK

Overall areas for discussion at the 'Next steps for developing the Knowledge Exchange Framework' conference  include:

•The current state of knowledge exchange in the UK and the KEF in the wider policy context;
•Tackling changes to designing the framework: ensuring flexibility for a diverse sector and creating metrics that reflect the broad range of knowledge exchange activities HEIs carry out;
•Preparing for the potential impact of the KEF: ensuring incentives to compete do not disrupt collaborative research programmes, the future role of catapults and maximising university intellectual property generation;
•Next steps for delivering the KEF: responses to the consultation and tackling challenges to implementation; and
•The future shape of the knowledge exchange framework.

For more information, contact Sean Cudmore, Deputy Editor, Westminster Higher Education Forum by calling T: 01344 864796 or visiting

The Future of International Student Recruitment (UK)

18th Sep 2018 - Central, London, UK

In the post-Brexit landscape, universities are rightly looking at the impact of the Immigration Bill and how it will affect their current and future international student population.

This Westminster Briefing event will provide full update on the future of EU and non-EU students in higher education.

Key Issues to be Addressed Include:
•Update on Immigration Policy post-Brexit
•Specific considerations for EU and non-EU students
•Role of the Office for Students
•Predicting and managing fluctuations in student numbers
•Changes to in-country application services
•Guidance around managing and monitoring Tier 4 students
•Balancing compliance and support
•Building a strong international brand in existing and new markets
•Learnings from the Tier 4 Pilot

For more information call  +44 (0)1344 864796 or email

Student Mental Health: Providing Effective & Co-ordinated Support (UK)

25th Sep 2018 - 1 America Square, 17 Crosswall, London, EC3N 2LB

As student numbers continue to rise and mental health issues grow in volume and visibility, the pressure on University Mental Health Support Services is at an all-time high. Supporting students on their journey into and through higher education, scaffolded by effective interaction with outside agencies such as the NHS, will make for happier, more successful graduates. Action must be taken to reduce the dropout rates of those with mental health issues, and avoid an increase in student suicides.

This Westminster Briefing session will discuss current policy landscape and what impact the new Office for Students will have on support and university requirements.

Key Issues to be Addressed Include:
•Role of the Office for Students: new guidance & building on existing projects
•HEIs’ responsibilities for student mental health & wellbeing
•Embedding a whole institution approach: raising awareness & understanding among staff
•Universities UK's new Minding our Future guidance and how it can help
•Facilitating a smooth transition to HE
•Effective partnership working with the NHS: timely referrals & record sharing
•Working with Students’ Unions & incorporating the voice of the student
•Combatting loneliness & isolation
•Preventing suicide on campus

For more information call  +44 (0)1344 864796 or email

Protecting research integrity: reproducibility, the impact of the REF and improving governance (UK)

11th Oct 2018 - Central, London, UK

This seminar examines the next steps for protecting research integrity in higher education. It follows the recent publication of the report from the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee’s inquiry on research integrity.

For more information call  +44 (0)1344 864796 or email

IS THERE (STILL) ROOM FOR EDUCATION IN THE CONTEMPORARY UNIVERSITY? Exploring policy, research and practice through the lens of professional education (UK)

16th Oct 2018 - SRHE, 73 Collier St, London N1 9BE

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Wonkfest 2018 (UK)

5th-6th Nov 2018 - Central, London, UK

Wonkfest: a annual festival of wonkery, coming together of the the higher education sector: two solid days of cutting edge debate; endlessly interesting discussion; a policy hoopla.

With five different stages, Wonkfest's non-stop programme hosts over 50 sessions over two days. They have headline acts and top wonks on their HSBC main stage, expert discussions on their debate stage and conversations and masterclasses throughout the two days on the Guardian stage. Wonkfest's Learning to Wonk space will have interactive workshops and training.  And Wonk Corner is the place to head to fill up on tips, tricks and toolkits from wonks for wonks.

Confirmed speakers include:
Sam Gyimah - Minister of State (Universities and Science)
Ben Goldacre - Doctor, Academic, Campaigner and Author of 'Bad Science'
Ellen Hazelkorn - Director, Higher Education Policy Research Unit (HEPRU), Dublin Institute of Technology
Michael Barber - Chair, Office for Students
Glyn Davis - Vice-Chancellor, University of Melbourne
Anna Vignoles - Professor of Education, University of Cambridge

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Fostering a Learning Culture: Creativity, Ideation, and Teamworking in Research (UK)

7th Nov 2018 - SRHE, 73 Collier St, London N1 9BE

Targeted at middle-career researchers, this interactive workshop will look at how researchers can be supported to develop in their roles, to move forward (or sideways) with their careers, and to create a research culture which supports personal development and the dynamic development of ideas through co-creation and teamwork.

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The future for higher technical education in England - delivery, simplifying pathways and establishing Institutes of Technology (UK)

4th Dec 2018 - Central, London, UK

This seminar will consider the further steps that can be taken by Government, education providers and employers to improve England’s technical education offering at Levels 4 and 5.

For more information call  +44 (0)1344 864796 or email

Priorities for improving the quality of apprenticeships in England (UK)

17th Jan 2019 - Central London, UK

This Westminster Employment Forum Keynote Seminar will look at priorities for improving the quality of apprenticeships in England.

Overall, areas for discussion include:
•Regulation and inspection: challenges for the IfA, Ofsted, and now OfS, in maintaining and improving quality;
•Key issues for providers: with focus on the impact of the review of the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers;
•Employer’s needs: how levy funding can best be utilised, navigating the apprenticeship provider market and ensuring confidence in accreditation;
•Improving the pathway: ensuring the 20% off-the-job training is enforced, finding suitable end-point assessors and apprenticeship experience; and
•Next steps for policy: key findings from the Education Committee inquiry and priorities for future policy.

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Learning Gain: Different perspectives -SRHE (UK)

18th Jan 2019 - SRHE, 73 Collier St, London N1 9BE

This conference will explore findings from one of the 13 pilot projects into learning gain funded by the Office for Students. Working in collaboration with the University of Southampton, Royal Holloway, and the University of the Arts London, the University of Portsmouth have led a mixed-methods project. The aims of our particular project have been to explore different stakeholders’ perspectives of learning gain, as well as to develop psychometric measures of learning gain as defined by the development of non-cognitive skills (implicit theories of intelligence, self-efficacy and graduate capital to name a few), with a view to understanding the transformational potential of Higher Education.

With data from parents, employers, and of course students, our data allows for an in-depth understanding of different stakeholders’ conceptions of learning gain, as well as exploring the similarities and differences between them. We will explore learning gain through both a creative and economic lens, and will end by discussing how findings from the project may be used to inform policy and practice, especially through identification of where expectations are and are not being met.

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Graduate Employability Forum (UK)

28th Jan 2019 - Central London, UK

Westminster Insight’s Graduate Employability Forum aims to help educators understand how to better prepare graduates for the world of work. The employment prospects of graduates and the level of employment they gain has been subject to increased scrutiny in recent years, due to increasing tuition fees, the continued existence of skills gaps and wider labour market patterns.

Expert speakers include:
•Bahram Bekhradnia, President, Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI)
•Roberta Blackman Woods MP, Chair, All Party Parliamentary Universities Group
•Liz Bromley, Acting CEO, University Alliance
•John Cope, Head of Education and Skills, Confederation of British Industry
•Stephen Isherwood , Chief Executive, Institute of Student Employers
•Neha Agarwal, Head of Research & Insight, Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA)
•Dr Bob Gilworth , President, Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS) and Director, Careers Group - University of London
•Andy Gardner, Careers Adviser and Operations Manager, Central Careers Hub
•Dr Kate Daubney, Head of Careers and Employability, King's College London/The Careers Group
•John Watkins, Director of Employability, University of Law
•James Corbin, Head of the Careers and Employability Service, University of Kent
Senior Conference Producer

For more information call: 0845 647 9000  or email:

Priorities for international student recruitment: next steps for the visa system, pricing strategies and the international student experience (UK)

7th Feb 2019 - Central London, UK

This Westminster Higher Education Forum Keynote Seminar will focus on the priorities for international student recruitment: next steps for the visa system, pricing strategies and the international student experience.

Key developments to be discussed include:
•The MAC report on the impact of international students in the UK, which recommended that international students should not be removed from migration targets, leading to concerns from some within the sector;
•Government’s Immigration White Paper, which is planned to be published before the seminar and is expected to set out the next steps for the student visa system; and
•Announcement of next phase of EU Settlement Scheme, following its trial launch in the North West of England, which will grant the opportunity for students from the EU to stay in the UK post-Brexit.

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Forget the learning outcomes-what are students really learning on placement? (Ireland)

8th Feb 2019 - University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland

The learning outcomes of this event are:

  • To explore the student/educator relationship
  • To consider the role of the practice educator in observation based assessment of student placements
  • To reflect if we impose our own belief systems on students during placement
  • To consider the implications of these observations for both their personal and course level practice

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Understanding student anxiety and building resilience in the learning environment (Ireland)

21st Feb 2019 - Carlow, Carlow Institute of Technology, Ireland

The learning outcomes for this session entitled Understanding student anxiety and building resilience in the learning environment are:

  • Demonstrate awareness of how anxiety and stress contribute to challenging learning experiences
  • Identify strategies used to support students in transition to higher education, to manage their emotions and/or enhance their learning
  • Create environments more conducive to learning and help students perform to their potential
  • Demonstrate an insight into the interaction between emotions, the brain and learning.

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Academics in the digital university: current trends and future challenges (Northern Ireland)

22nd-22nd Jan 2019 - Queen´s University Belfast, NI

Digitisation has profoundly affected the professional work of academics over the last two decades. These changes have engendered different kinds of practices of knowledge production, distribution, and, more broadly, academic identity formation. They are also becoming key indicators against which academic professional success is being measured. This Digital University Network event brings together a set of speakers and audience participants to critically explore some of the challenges faced by new and established researchers in understanding what the ‘digital university’ portends for the future of the academic workforce and for scholarly work.

In this one-day event the papers presented draw from uniquely different research contexts to offer new and critical perspectives on this current topic, with plenty of opportunities for participants to join in the discussions.

For more information, please contact the network conveners Dr Ibrar Bhatt ( or Dr Jeremy Knox (, or Katie Tindle (

Next steps for student housing: investment opportunities, regulation, impact of new providers, and the integration of students within local communities (UK)

26th Feb 2019 - Central London, UK

This Westminster Higher Education Forum Keynote Seminar will look at the next steps for student housing: investment opportunities, regulation, impact of new providers, and the integration of students within local communities.

Overall, areas for discussion include:

·         The investment climate: opportunities and market competition within the student housing sector;

·         Priorities for developing new student accommodation: the mix of student housing provision going forward, the effect of the New Homes Bonus and affordability;

·         Ensuring safe, quality housing for students: maintenance, the impact of PBSA and stakeholder responsibility; and

·         The place of student accommodation within communities: local authority and university collaboration, ensuring a balance between the needs of students and permanent residents and fostering beneficial integration.

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Reviewing Teaching Excellence Framework Forum (UK)

27th Feb 2019 - Central London, UK

Following recent government plans to extend TEF to subject-level, individual subjects are a step closer to being awarded with a gold, silver or a bronze rating.  This event will provide deleagtes with expertise on how to use metrics, data and best practice, ultimately ensuring positive TEF ratings. Exploring the architecture of TEF, senior level decision makers will discuss what LEO data does and doesn't disclose, in addition to reviewing whether assessment at subject-level will put certain degrees at risk.

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Evaluating the impact of their widening participation initiatives (UK)

28th Feb 2019 -

The OU’s Widening Access and Success Research and Evaluation team are hosting a joint, one-day workshop with Queens University Belfast and supported by the Forum for Access and Continuing Education (FACE) on Thursday 28th February 2019. The event will explore the challenges facing HE providers in relation to evaluating the impact of their widening participation initiatives.

This workshop will be of interest to:
•Academics and practitioners working in widening participation (WP);
•Research and evaluation officers;
•Policy-makers and those responsible for developing Access and Participation Plans.

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Next steps for widening participation in higher education (UK)

12th Mar 2019 - Central London, UK

This Westminster Higher Education Forum Keynote Seminar will look at the next steps for widening participation in higher education - developing collaboration between schools and universities, supporting disadvantaged groups and key priorities following the OfS review.

Areas for discussion include:
•The key findings from the OfS review of its approach to widening participation, and the implications of those findings;
•Barriers to higher education faced by target groups, and how to tailor outreach strategies accordingly;
•Strategies for promoting collaboration between schools, colleges and universities through partnerships such as those coordinated by the NCOP;
•The role of the admissions process in promoting equal opportunities; and
•Alternative approaches to consider for widening participation.

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Creative Methods in Higher Education Research 2 (UK)

18th Mar 2019 - SRHE, 73 Collier St, London N1 9BE

This workshop follows the introductory session (4 February 2019) which considered different kinds of creative methods and their application in higher education research. It focuses on key methodological questions about the role of artists in this kind of research and what kinds of inquiry can develop from interdisciplinary collaborations. Using examples from a current AHRC-OWRI funded project, ‘Multilingual Streets: Translating and Curating the Linguistic Landscapes’ (e.g. Bradley et al., 2018), this workshop will enable participants to consider how arts-informed and arts-based methods can be used to explore understandings of communication and social interaction in everyday spaces. The practical workshops are three-part and based on the methodologies developed for the Multilingual Streets project. They include ethnographic observation, collage and zines.

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Effectively supporting study transitions – Student success through outduction (Ireland)

22nd Mar 2019 - St. Angela's College, Sligo, Galway, Ireland

The learning outcomes for this session are to:

  • Consider the benefits of outduction, a concept and strategy of adequately preparing students to leave higher education and make a smooth and effective transition after graduation
  • Recognise the benefits of supporting and enhancing the student experience throughout the student lifecycle for student success and to aid retention

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Next steps for Post-18 education - tuition fees, value for money, broadening student choice and meeting the skills gap (UK)

26th Mar 2019 - Central London, UK

This conference will examine the next steps for Post-18 education and funding in the UK.

It will be an opportunity to discuss the interim findings of the Review of Post-18 Education and Funding, which is looking at the scope of possible changes needed to ensure the higher education system is offering value for money and accessible to all.

Delegates will also consider how students can be better informed of the range of Post-18 education options encompassing academic, vocational and technical routes and how to ensure Post-18 education is tailored to the skills needs of the UK economy, both key areas of focus for the Review.

There will be a keynote address from the Review’s chair Philip Augar.

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Technology in higher education: the future of learning environments, the use of Artificial Intelligence and the impact of online courses (UK)

28th Mar 2019 - Central London, UK

This Westminster Higher Education Forum Keynote Seminar will look at technology in higher education: the future of learning environments, the use of Artificial Intelligence and the impact of online courses.

This conference focuses on the use of technology in the higher education sector, assessing its effectiveness and discussing ways forward for maximising its potential in both learning and teaching.

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Technology in higher education - maximising effectiveness, tackling barriers and collaboration with industry (UK)

28th Mar 2019 - Central London, UK

This conference focuses on the use of technology in the higher education sector, assessing its effectiveness and discussing ways forward for maximising its potential in both learning and teaching.

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Experts, knowledge and criticality in the age of ´alternative facts’: re-examining the contribution of higher education (UK)

3rd Apr 2019 - SRHE, 73 Collier St, London N1 9BE

Presenter and workshop titles:

Elizabeth Hauke (Imperial College, London): “Understanding the world today: the roles of knowledge and knowing in higher education”

Gwyneth Hughes (University College London): “Developing student research capability for a ‘post-truth’ world: three challenges for integrating research across taught programmes”

Rita Hordósy (University of Manchester) and Tom Clark (University of Sheffield): “Undergraduate experiences of the research/teaching nexus across the whole student lifecycle”

Mark Brooke (National University of Singapore): “The analytical lens: developing undergraduate students’ critical dispositions in English for Academic Purposes writing courses”

Alison MacKenzie (Queen’s University, Belfast): “Just Google it: digital literacy and the epistemology of ignorance”

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8th Annual PedRIO Conference (UK)

12th Apr 2019 - University of Plymouth, Plymouth, UK

Bringing together leading academics from across the UK and beyond, the conference aims to inspire, share best practice, and contribute to core debates relevant to teaching and learning provision in the university sector.  The conference will be themed around the following areas:

•    Enhancing student experience and wellbeing
•    Public engagement and impact in Pedagogic Research
•    Enhancing the impact of assessment and feedback
•    Gaming, simulation and experiential learning
•    Sustainability education

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